A dental implant is a medical device made out of titanium, designed to connect with the bone of either the jaw or skull. Its purpose is to provide support to various dental prosthesis such as dentures, bridges, crowns, or even facial prostheses. Additionally, it can serve as an anchor for orthodontic purposes.
The Dental Implant Procedure Includes The Followings Stages:
The custom-made crown matches your teeth's color and shape, making it blend seamlessly with your smile. You won't notice any difference even if you're missing a tooth.
It functions like a natural tooth, so you can brush, floss, and eat as usual. With proper care, the implant may last a lifetime.
The short answer to the question is YES. The loss of a tooth results in the lack of a root, leading to the deterioration and shrinkage of the jawbone. This phenomenon not only alters the facial aesthetics, but also endangers the other healthy teeth. Failure to replace the missing tooth may result in the gradual loss of additional teeth.
As time passes, the adjacent teeth tend to shift and incline towards the space created by the missing tooth, making them more susceptible to gum diseases and fractures caused by heightened chewing forces. This movement of teeth can further result in an improper dental occlusion and aggravate Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and associated pain.
The placement of a dental implant to fill the gap of a missing tooth preserves the health of the adjacent teeth and the structural stability of the jawbone. This unique advantage cannot be replicated by any alternative solutions for tooth replacement.
The earliest a dental implant can be placed is at 18 years of age. However, we have to note that 18 may be too young in some cases.
Some patients may still be maturing at 18 years of age, which means that the jaw may continue to grow and change. In order to make sure a successful treatment, the best practice for patients who are missing teeth and are at least 18 years old meet with Dr. Dominguez to fully assess their situation. Custom treatment plans can be developed based on the patient’s current situation and needs.
At Denta Care, Dr. Ivette Dominguez Crespo is an experienced dentist who has placed over 100 dental implants. If you have any questions about the process or you would like to know if you are a good dental implant candidate, please call us at (832) 810-8485 to schedule a convenient appointment or click on the below button schedule it online.